What’s more, Southern Environmental Law Center senior attorney Frank Holleman explained, “in settling a proposed fine against Duke for groundwater contamination at Sutton, DEQ is giving Duke a pass on its pollution of Sutton Lake—an important and popular fishing lake in the Wilmington region—by promising not to enforce the law.”
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“In its first days of existence, DEQ has voluntarily prevented itself from taking action to protect North Carolinians from coal ash pollution of their drinking water by giving Duke amnesty for past, present, and future violations–even agreeing to limit the state’s ability to monitor Duke’s pollution–including at sites like Buck in Salisbury and Allen on Lake Wylie, where residents have severe concerns about their drinking water supplies,” Holleman continued.
Meanwhile, he added, the settlement “doesn’t appear to require Duke to do anything it wasn’t going to do anyway.”
Duke stores over 150 million tons of coal ash, produced by the burning of coal, in 32 dumps at 14 sites across the state. The dangerous and leaking state of its repositories was thrust into the public limelight by a massive spill into the Dan River last year that captured international headlines.
Environmental advocates have long charged that the coal giant’s cozy relationship with state regulators has protected it from consequences for its pollution—and enabled its continuation of hazardous practices. This includes revelations in March of last year that regulatory authorities, who at the time went by DENR, had colluded with Duke behind closed doors to undermine environmental groups concerned with its pollution. And the state’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory is a former Duke executive and has received significant contributions from the corporation.
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